Bonhoeffer uses a similar phrase 'worldly Christianity'. It's J Gresham Machen that I want to line up most closely with. See his Christianity and culture here. Having done commentaries on Proverbs (Heavenly Wisdom) and Song of Songs (Heavenly Love), a matching title for Ecclesiastes would be Heavenly Worldliness. For my stance on worldliness, see 3 posts here.

The Frost is all over

Kate Rusby has done it again with her new album The Frost Is All Over. It is the third Christmas album by the English folk musician on Pure Records. It is similar to the previous Christmas releases, Sweet Bells (2008) and While Mortals Sleep (2011). The main source for the album is South Yorkshire (I love the way she pronounces here o's and u's) but there are others such as the Cornish Wassailing song. The songs are mostly carols and winter songs plus one slightly bawdy but moralistic song The Christmas Goose. I love the Dilly Song a version of "Green grow the rushes" featuring banjo. Nice to hear the brass band again, sparingly used. Little Bilberry gives another alternative tune for Hark the herald and Mount Lyngham for While shepherds watched. Winter wonderland is a slight surprise but it works.

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